Dateline: Week Of June 1, 2003 In News, Pop, Celebrity, Entertainment, Tech & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
Russian lawmakers approve limited amnesty for separatist rebels in war-torn Chechnya. The law will apply only to those who did not commit serious crimes.
Eric Robert Rudolph – who has been sought for five years for the fatal 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing and other blasts in the South – is captured in North Carolina.
President Bush flies over U.S.-occupied Iraq and is headed home after a tour of Europe and the Middle East.
Shiites by the thousands pour into the streets of Iraq – accusing American troops of violating Muslim customs and unjustly arresting a Shiite cleric.
Hamas says it is breaking off cease-fire talks with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas. Earlier – Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Abbas, meeting in Jordan – had agreed to take initial steps toward peace.
Two Iraqi Shiite and Kurdish leaders meet and talked about the U.S.-led plan to appoint an interim national government.
Thousands of protesters rally in NY – demanding repeal of laws that can send first-time offenders to prison for up to life for possessing or selling small amounts of drugs. The event was organized in part, by the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network.
Remains of Christopher Columbus are exhumed in Spain for DNA and other tests to determine whether the bones are really those of the explorer.
Two New York Times top editors – Howell Raines and Gerald Boyd – quit their posts – after revelations of a reporter’s fraud exposed them.
A bipartisan group of senators don’t like Donald Rumsfeld’s request over the hiring, firing and promoting of the Pentagon’s more than 700,000 employees, saying the plan goes too far in dismantling both job protections and congressional oversight.
President Bush challenged Europe to set aside any differences over the war against Iraq and move toward his vision of a U.S.-led transatlantic alliance.
Fascinating Business News/Economy – June 1, 2003
Indicted - Martha Stewart professes her innocence in a newspaper advertisement and a new Web site. A federal grand jury indicted Martha Stewart and her former stockbroker on charges of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and making false statements to investigators.
A federal jury in Michigan orders Taco Bell to pay $30 million to two men who say the company stole their talking Chihuahua character. The lawsuit was filed back in 1998 by Joseph Shields and Thomas Rinks. The Tao Bell campaign ran for three years.
Mortgage rates hit record lows – 5.26%.
U.S. manufacturing improved last month as the index rose to 49.4 in May from 45.4 in April.
The FCC votes 3 to 2 to relax rules that prevented TV stations from merging with local newspapers.
Music News – June 1, 2003
The Grammy Awards ads a new category - for best rap song.
New album from Metallica released this week – “St. Anger.”
Some top albums – week of June 1, 2003
How the West Was Won – Led Zeppelin
Get Rich or die Tryin’ – 50 Cent
Fallen – Evanescence
Thankful – Kelly Clarkson
Come Away With Me – Norah Jones
The Lizzie McGuire Movie – soundtrack
14 Shades of Grey – Staind
Entertainment News – June 1, 2003
Filmmaker Spike Lee sues Viacom over its decision to rename its TNN cable channel Spike TV to attract more male viewers.
Television News – June 1, 2003
Tuesday night television listings – week of June 1, 2003
CBS – AFI’s 100 Years, David Letterman
NBC – Dog Eat Dog, Miss Universe pageant, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien
ABC – 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, According to Jim, Less Than Perfect, NPYD Blue, Nightline
Fox – American Juniors, Keen Eddie
WB – Gilmore Girls, Smallville
VH1 – Red Hot Carpet, Born to Diva, Driven, Celebrity Weddings
UPN – Buffy, America’s Next Top Model
AFI’s 100 Years – Arnold Schwarzenegger hosts.
Driven – Lisa Marie Presley.
Jay Leno – Paul Walker, Jack Johnson
Top Movies – June 1, 2003 –
The Italian Job
The Matrix Reloaded
Daddy Day Care
X2: X-Men United
Down with Love
The Lizzie McGuire Movie.